A Basket of Wild Strawberries: A Selection of Keyboard Works by Jean-Philippe Rameau

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
And now for something completely different. This is an age of historically authentic performances of Baroque music, and even those who perform Baroque keyboard works on the piano adopt terraced dynamics and other aspects of a harpsichord's sound. But here comes Florida-born pianist Tzimon Barto, recording in Finland for a Finnish label, saying in the interview that serves as booklet notes for this Rameau disc that "I pride myself on having 36 dynamic colors between ppp and </>fff." Playing short pieces from four different books of harpsichord selections by Rameau, he makes the staggering assertion that "I never want any two notes in a phrase to sound alike." As you ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
And now for something completely different. This is an age of historically authentic performances of Baroque music, and even those who perform Baroque keyboard works on the piano adopt terraced dynamics and other aspects of a harpsichord's sound. But here comes Florida-born pianist Tzimon Barto, recording in Finland for a Finnish label, saying in the interview that serves as booklet notes for this Rameau disc that "I pride myself on having 36 dynamic colors between ppp and </>fff." Playing short pieces from four different books of harpsichord selections by Rameau, he makes the staggering assertion that "I never want any two notes in a phrase to sound alike." As you might imagine, Rameau under Barto's fingers ends up sounding a bit like Chopin. Or composers from even later -- Barto says that Rameau was "already an Impressionist" and also name-checks Bruckner in explaining his mystical reading of "Les soupirs" from the "Suite in D" of the "Pièces de clavecin" of 1724. To pull off a performance that so flagrantly disregards a work's original sound world is a tall order, but the amazing thing is that Barto's playing is more than listenable. He divides the pieces, he says, into those that take vocal melody as a model these get lots of vibrato and those based on dances. One may object that keyboard music was an entirely independent category for Rameau, but Barto's division makes sense and is elaborated into finer distinctions that he treats consistently and sensitively. Another point in Barto's favor is that Rameau is a Baroque composer unusually well-suited to this kind of treatment. If Barto had applied his expressive will to the precision-etched portraits that are the soul of François Couperin's music, the listener might well feel that he was merely getting in the way. With Rameau, even if the composer's intellectual side gets lost here, there is always a self-conscious complexity and an intentionally mysterious suggestion of something lurking beyond the boundaries of the music -- Barto seems to wander, in a way, into realms that Rameau himself has suggested. Is this a valid approach to Rameau? Sample and decide for yourself, but there's just a chance that this American iconoclast might have started a trend.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/18/2006
  • Label: Ondine
  • UPC: 761195106723
  • Catalog Number: 1067
  • Sales rank: 75,653

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Premier livre de pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Prélude - Tzimon Barto & Jean-Philippe Rameau (4:14)
  2. 2 Premier livre de pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Allemande - Tzimon Barto & Jean-Philippe Rameau (4:32)
  3. 3 Premier livre de pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Sarabandes I & II - Tzimon Barto & Jean-Philippe Rameau (5:13)
  4. 4 Premier livre de pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Gavotte - Tzimon Barto & Jean-Philippe Rameau (2:19)
  5. 5 Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode sur la mécanique des doigts, for harpsichord: Pièces de clavecin. Suite in E Gigue en rondeau I - Tzimon Barto & Jean-Philippe Rameau (2:27)
  6. 6 Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode sur la mécanique des doigts, for harpsichord: Pièces de clavecin. Suite in E Gigue en rondeau II - Tzimon Barto & Jean-Philippe Rameau (1:54)
  7. 7 Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode sur la mécanique des doigts, for harpsichord: Pièces de clavecin. Suite in E Le Rappel des oisea - Tzimon Barto & Jean-Philippe Rameau (1:22)
  8. 8 Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode sur la mécanique des doigts, for harpsichord: Pièces de clavecin. Suite in E Rigaudons I & II & - Tzimon Barto & Jean-Philippe Rameau (1:14)
  9. 9 Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode sur la mécanique des doigts, for harpsichord: Pièces de clavecin. Suite in E Musette en rondeau - Tzimon Barto & Jean-Philippe Rameau (3:21)
  10. 10 Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode sur la mécanique des doigts, for harpsichord: Pièces de clavecin. Suite in E Tambourin - Tzimon Barto & Jean-Philippe Rameau (1:30)
  11. 11 Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode sur la mécanique des doigts, for harpsichord: Pièces de clavecin. Suite in E La Villageoise - Tzimon Barto & Jean-Philippe Rameau (3:28)
  12. 12 Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode sur la mécanique des doigts, for harpsichord: Pièces de clavecin. Suite in D Les Tendres Plainte - Tzimon Barto & Jean-Philippe Rameau (4:07)
  13. 13 Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode sur la mécanique des doigts, for harpsichord: Pièces de clavecin. Suite in D Les Niais de Sologn - Tzimon Barto & Jean-Philippe Rameau (4:47)
  14. 14 Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode sur la mécanique des doigts, for harpsichord: Pièces de clavecin. Suite in D Les Soupirs - Tzimon Barto & Jean-Philippe Rameau (7:15)
  15. 15 Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode sur la mécanique des doigts, for harpsichord: Pièces de clavecin. Suite in D La Joyeuse - Tzimon Barto & Jean-Philippe Rameau (1:07)
  16. 16 Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Allemande - Tzimon Barto & Jean-Philippe Rameau (8:13)
  17. 17 Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Les Trois Mains - Tzimon Barto & Jean-Philippe Rameau (2:57)
  18. 18 Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Sarabande - Tzimon Barto & Jean-Philippe Rameau (2:47)
  19. 19 Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Fanfarinette - Tzimon Barto & Jean-Philippe Rameau (2:56)
  20. 20 Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: La Triomphante - Tzimon Barto & Jean-Philippe Rameau (1:35)
  21. 21 Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Gavotte & Six Doubles - Tzimon Barto & Jean-Philippe Rameau (8:28)
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